BOTOX® Cosmetic at a glance.
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BOTOX Cosmetic is perennially one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. It is practically a household name thanks to its effectiveness at treating frown lines, crow’s feet, brow furrows, and other stubborn wrinkles. At Crantford Costa Plastic Surgery’s CC Skin Clinic, we offer BOTOX to Charleston, SC-area residents who want to turn back the clock and look like a younger version of themselves.

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What Is BOTOX?

BOTOX is an injectable treatment that fades the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles using an active ingredient known as “botulinum toxin type a.” This specialized neurotoxin causes muscles to temporarily relax, preventing them from pulling on your skin when frowning, smiling, or squinting. When muscle contractions no longer pull, your skin lays smooth and flat, helping your features look softer and instantly more youthful, refreshed, and alert.

What Does BOTOX Treat?

BOTOX is a versatile treatment that can treat a variety of issues. It can address nearly any “dynamic” lines created by repeated facial movements that pull on the skin.

Common treatment areas include:

  • Crow’s feet in the corners of the eyes
  • Horizonal forehead lines
  • Vertical lines between the brows (“11s”)
  • Fine lines on the lips and around the mouth
  • Neck bands

Other Uses for BOTOX

In addition to the cosmetic uses listed above, BOTOX can also be used to treat:

Migraine Headaches

BOTOX has been proven effective in treating some migraine headaches by relaxing specific facial muscles associated with migraines.

Excessive Sweating

People with excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, enjoy significant relief from BOTOX injections. By disabling the sweat glands, BOTOX can stop excessive sweating of the underarms and palms.

Nonsurgical Brow Lift

BOTOX injections can be used to disable the brow depressor muscles, which pull the brow down, allowing the brow elevator muscles to subtly lift the brows.

BOTOX Lip Flip

The BOTOX lip flip has become a popular alternative to lip augmentation. The neuromodulator can be used to relax a specific muscle (orbicularis oris), allowing the upper lip to roll outward, making it look fuller.

Jawline Sculpting

Some people have a wide or bulky lower face due to overdeveloped masseter muscles. When these muscles are disabled with BOTOX injections, they shrink over time, causing a jawline-slimming effect. People with TMJ also get relief from their symptoms with this treatment.

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How Much Does BOTOX Cost in Charleston, SC?

BOTOX is priced by the unit, so your total treatment cost depends on how many units you’ll need to achieve your goals. At your consultation, you’ll discuss your desired treatment areas, and we will provide you with a price quote for your procedure. We caution our patients to be wary of practices that offer deep discounts on BOTOX. This could reflect a less experienced injector, an inferior product, or both.

Who Is a Good Candidate for BOTOX?

BOTOX is an excellent option for any patient who wants to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is a safe, cost-effective option for rejuvenating the face without surgery or other more invasive procedures.

There is no age minimum or maximum when it comes to BOTOX. Patients in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond can all enjoy the benefits of this wrinkle-fighting treatment.

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Combining Treatments

Some patients also enhance their BOTOX results with dermal fillers to reduce nasolabial folds, add volume to the cheeks or lips, or smooth tear troughs. Laser skin resurfacingis another complementary procedure that can help you enjoy more comprehensive results. This holistic facial rejuvenation approach is often called a “liquid facelift” or “nonsurgical facelift.”

What Happens During a BOTOX Treatment Session?

BOTOX treatments are quick and easy, fitting into even the busiest schedules. After cleansing your injection sites, your provider will administer a series of injections into targeted facial muscles. These injections feel like a pinprick or a series of tiny pinches. Most treatment sessions last 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas you are treating.

Is Recovery Time Required After BOTOX?

As a minimally invasive nonsurgical procedure, BOTOX requires little recovery time. You can return to work or home immediately after treatment, although you may experience some mild bruising or swelling around the treatment area. An ice pack or over-the-counter pain medication can help ease any discomfort.

When Will I See My BOTOX Results?

Your BOTOX results gradually develop over the course of 5 to 7 days. During this time, your muscles will slowly relax, and the overlying skin will smooth out. While a bit of patience is required, your final fresh-faced look will certainly be worth the wait.

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

BOTOX results typically last around 3 to 4 months. Many patients schedule touch-up treatments as part of their beauty routine. Studies have also shown that patients who have regularly scheduled injections may enjoy longer-lasting results over time.

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At what age should you start Botox?

The decision to start Botox treatment is a personal one that depends on skin condition, concerns about aging, and personal preferences. Most individuals may begin in their late 20s or early 30s as a preventative measure, but others may wait until they notice fine lines and wrinkles becoming more prominent.

Can you stop taking Botox after you start it?

Stopping Botox treatment is safe and will not negatively impact your skin. If you decide to discontinue Botox injections, your muscles will gradually regain their normal function, and your wrinkles will return to their pre-treatment state over time.

How can I make Botox last longer?

Avoiding excessive sun exposure, following a good skincare routine, staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can all help prolong your results. Additionally, scheduling regular touch-up appointments as recommended can help maintain optimal results over time.

How do I know if I need Botox?

Common indications for Botox include dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions, such as forehead lines, frown lines, and crow's feet. If you're bothered by the appearance of these wrinkles, Botox may be a suitable option to consider.

Will my Botox be noticeable?

When administered by a skilled and experienced injector, Botox results are typically subtle and natural-looking. The goal of Botox treatment is to soften wrinkles and lines while preserving facial expression and avoiding a frozen or unnatural appearance.

Do Botox injections hurt?

Our patients tell us that BOTOX injections cause minimal discomfort, and only for a few seconds. The needle used is very small, and BOTOX is not injected deeply. Some people compare it to a tiny pinch or a mosquito bite.

Is there anything I should avoid after Botox?

To reduce the risk of infection, don’t apply makeup to the injection sites for an hour or two. On the day of treatment, don’t rub or massage the injected areas or lay face down.

Is Botox treatment safe?

Yes, BOTOX has an excellent safety profile. BOTOX Cosmetic has been FDA-approved to treat dynamic wrinkles for more than 20 years. In that time, millions of treatments have been performed, with very few instances of side effects. Prior to its cosmetic use, BOTOX was used since the 1980s for medical conditions such as strabismus (lazy eye) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking).

Will Botox make me look worse after it wears off?

No, this is a myth. As BOTOX gradually wears off and muscle contractions resume, your skin will go back to its original pre-treatment condition.

Can Botox really help prevent wrinkles?

Yes. Since BOTOX relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles, proactively disabling them can help prevent wrinkles from becoming etched in your skin. This is often referred to as “preventative BOTOX,” and more and more people in their 20s and 30s are doing it.

Is Botox or Dysport better?

These products both belong to a group of products called neuromodulators, and they are very similar. However, Dysport seems to take effect more quickly, usually within just a few days. Dysport also tends to spread more than BOTOX, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on the treatment concern. Your provider will help you determine which of these very similar products is right for you.

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Our experienced injectors are ready to help you rejuvenate your face and smooth away stubborn wrinkles. If you would like to learn more about BOTOX injections in Charleston, SC, please Request a Consultation or call (843) 722-5904.



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